HKT launches HK's first VoLTE service

HKT launches HK's first VoLTE service

Joseph Waring  |   May 16, 2014
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HKT yesterday announced the commercial launch of VoLTE service, which is now available on Samsung Note 3 LTE smartphones.
 
The launch comes six months after the operator said it would offer VoLTE service by the end of 2013
 
HKT group MT Alex Arena said at a press conference that HKT is the first operator in Hong Kong to offer VoLTE to 4G customers. Previously consumers could use 4G for data, but had to move to 3G for voice. “Consumers can now have a seamless experience for data and voice on 4G, which enables faster voice call set up and higher video and sound quality.”
 
This is Samsung’s first launch of VoLTE-enabled smartphones outside of South Korea. The phones are available and can be delivered within two days.
 
The VoLTE service, deployed by Huawei, is based on the 3GPP R10 standard, which enables the seamless handover of voice calls from 4G to 3G coverage and supports 640 x 480 pixel video or above.
 
The IMS-based VoLTE solution from Huawei is being deployed in 21 networks around the world.
 
Christophe Coutelle, Huawei’s marketing director for core networks, told Telecomasia.net that while there are a number of use cases for video calls, he sees strong enterprise demand in various vertical markets, where high-quality “see what I see” calls can help improve productivity. He expects the retail segment to be less enthusiastic, particularly in the beginning.
 
Meanwhile, 3 Hong Kong, which shares the 4G spectrum and network with HKT under the Genius joint venture, also announced yesterday that it has launched high-definition (HD) voice, after the roll out of VoLTE.
 
The company said in a release that customers can “enjoy clear and smooth HD calling as soon as compatible mobile devices become available.”
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